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Before We Close the Door on 2017, Get the Most Out of Your Dental Benefits!

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With just a few days remaining in 2017, you probably feel like the year has flown by. Did you take full advantage of your dental benefits or have you missed a dental cleaning that your insurance would have covered?  We encourage you not to let your benefits go to waste by allowing this opportunity to slip by. If you wish to find a dentist in the 46227 zip code or near the Indianapolis area, give us a call. We still have a few select appointments available.

In many cases, preventive dentistry does not require the payment of a deductible, depending on your agreement with your dental insurance provider. If you have ...

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How Long Should a Crown Last?

Crowns for upper front teeth on a 3D printed model

We get this question all the time.  We understand that for most people a crown is not an insignificant expense, so it’s only natural to want to know how long this investment will continue to function.  About a week ago, a member of my extended family who lives out of state contacted me with this question because his dentist was cementing a new crown in his mouth and told him that he should expect to need the crown replaced in about 8 years.  I’m always concerned when I hear comments such as this because I feel like planning the timeline for the failure of a crown or filling the moment ...

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Don't Let Tooth Decay Damage Your Child's Future

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Though dental decay is completely preventable, it is the most common childhood disease. It’s not just a problem for kids, however. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 20 percent of adults also deal with decayed teeth. Getting kids started early with healthy habits and a good dental care routine can protect their teeth for a lifetime.

Fluoridation in Water

A naturally occurring mineral, fluoride reduces the instances of childhood decay by up to 40 percent. Of course, fluoride in your drinking water is not enough to eliminate decay. That requires some diligence with oral care.

Brushing and Flossing

Kids are great, but if they feel they are being forced to ...

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Soft Drinks = Sugar Water

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So much information about a healthy diet finds its way onto your news feed in the pamphlets in your doctor’s office. One overlooked area of the average diet is how beverages and our choices about what we drink can affect both oral and overall health.

With designer coffee drinks, energy boosting beverages, and multi-colored sodas in every flavor possible, it’s easy for sugar to find its way into an otherwise healthy diet.

Soda Is Sugar Water

One 12-ounce can of Pepsi has 41 grams of sugar. That’s more than10 teaspoons of sugar in one can! According to the FDA, that is near the maximum of what the average human should consume in one ...

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The Worst Foods and Beverages for Your Oral Health

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When thinking about the health of your smile, brushing and flossing is only one aspect of keeping yourself healthy. Just like the rest of your body, foods and beverages you consume can affect your oral health.

Most people know what foods they should be eating, but what about those to avoid? Here are a few of the foods and beverages that take a real toll on the health or appearance of your smile.

Energy Drinks and Soda

Not only are sodas and energy drinks packed with sugar, but they are also high in acid. This creates a double whammy for your teeth because acidic foods and beverages expedite the decay process.

So, choosing those ...

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3D Printing in Dentistry

3D Printed Oral Appliance | General Dentist Indianapolis IN

Hey everybody, Dr. Shank here.  It’s a Wednesday, and since we don’t typically schedule patients on Wednesdays, I’m in the office getting a little bit of work done.  Wanted to share a couple of things with you that are a little different that most of you may not be aware of. 

The Alternative to Messy Dental Impressions

Nobody likes getting an impression taken of their mouth, right?  You know what I’m talking about…the mouth full of ‘goopy’ putty that takes several minutes to set up, doesn’t taste great, people tend to gag on, and just, in general, it’s not a pleasant experience.  Now instead of taking those big long goopy impressions, we’ve ...

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No Insurance, No Problem - The SmileGuard Membership Club

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No Insurance?  No Problem!

Insuring your health has been a hot topic over the last few years.  Regardless of your political persuasion, whether you think the Affordable Care Act (AKA ObamaCare) is the greatest thing since sliced bread or a disaster of epic proportions, we can all agree that it has had a significant impact on our bank accounts and the way we handle our healthcare.  Now before you tune out I’m not going to get political here (though if you really want my political views, I’ll be happy to share them, but there’s not enough space on this blog to accommodate my rants or soapboxes).  Instead I’d like to share ...

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